On Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins opened up their first road trip of the season. It’s a four-game trip which includes three in California, and one in the mid-west in Chicago, before returning home.
The first game of the trip took the Bruins to San Jose to take on the Sharks, and it went about as predicted with Boston taking the game over San Jose by a resounding 3-1 margin at the SAP Center at San Jose.
In the game, John Beecher was able to tally his first NHL point when he assisted on a Brad Marchand goal in the first period.
Beecher hasn’t cracked the scoring side of things yet, but it definitely helps cement that he belongs (at least for a little bit longer) on the NHL roster.
Beecher isn’t the only forward that has impressed
Speaking of forwards, two other forwards remained hot: one surprising, one not so much. The one that has surprised many and turned some heads is James van Riemsdyk.
Instead of being a thorn IN the Bruins’ sides, this year van Riemsdyk has turned the table and has become the thorn ON the Bruins’ side. In his first three games with Boston, van Riemsdyk has been tough on opponents by forcing goalies to make tough saves, but also scoring three goals in as many games.
The Middleton, New Jersey native is also coming up on a few milestones as well. He sits just seven games away from playing in no.1,000 in his career and six points away from 600 career points.
The other forward that has impressed, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, is David Pastrnak who is already on a torrid track to tear down any semblance of a record he set last year.
Throughout the first three games he has scored at least one goal in each of the first three games of the season, and has also added an assist to that total – giving him five points on the young season. Pastrnak looks to continue his point streak into Saturday’s game with the Los Angeles Kings.
Pastrnak is also on the way to a milestone of his own, as well. The 10-year NHL veteran is just five games away from playing in his 600th NHL game, a milestone he will reach at home.
Boston is back in action on Saturday, October 21, when they take on the Kings at the Crypto.com Arena where Los Angeles has now improved to 2-1-1 after a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night in St. Paul. Puck drop between the Bruins and Kings is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN+.